Ford reveals all-electric Mustang Mach-E
Ford revealed its all-new battery electric vehicle today in Los Angeles. The Mustang Mach-E is open for reservations today, but the first vehicles will not be delivered to customers for another year.
Ford has made the new vehicle controversial by giving it the Mustang name. The Mach-E uses a four-door crossover SUV design, while the Mustang has always been a two-door sports coupe or convertible. Ford's project leaders defended the decision as more than marketing hype.
"Thanks to advances in battery technology, the Mustang Mach-E is the kind of car that gets people excited about driving, with a sporty, beautiful silhouette that delivers an incredible shape rarely seen in SUVs," said Ron Heiser, Ford Mustang Mach-E chief program engineer.
The new EV has a target range of 300 miles, and will be available with standard and extended-range battery options with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel-drive.
Although it uses a chassis unrelated to the gas-powered Mustang, the Mach-E will perform comparably to its gas-powered cousins. In extended-range all-wheel-drive configurations, Ford is planning for 332 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque, delivering a 0-60 time of about 5.5 seconds.
There will also be two GT performance editions with a target of 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. Both GT configurations are targeting an estimated 459 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque.
The Mustang Mach-E also features an entirely new cabin design, optimized for storage, comfort, and cargo capacity. Because the engine no longer exists, there's room for a 4.8 cubic foot "frunk" under the hood. This cargo space is entirely lined with plastic and features a drain at the bottom, so owners can use it as a cooler on day trips or long journeys.
Infotainment in the Mach-E is controlled through a large 15.5-inch touchscreen system. A smaller video screen takes the place of dashboard gauges. A basic sound system is standard, but an advanced Bang & Olufsen premium audio system will be available.
Interested customers can reserve a Mach-E now at ford.com. A refundable $500 deposit is required to secure the order. First edition deliveries are expected in the fall of 2020, with the GT editions following in the spring of 2021.
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